Storage and Distribution Manager  What They Do

Just the Facts


Plans, directs, or coordinates the storage or distribution operations within an organization or the activities of organizations that are engaged in storing or distributing materials or products.

This career is part of the Transportation, Distribution and Logistics cluster Logistics Planning and Management Services pathway, Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Supervises the activities of workers engaged in receiving, storing, testing, and shipping products or materials.
  • Plans, develops, or implements warehouse safety and security programs and activities.
  • Inspects physical conditions of warehouses, vehicle fleets, or equipment and order testing, maintenance, repairs, or replacements.
  • Responds to customers' or shippers' questions and complaints regarding storage and distribution services.
  • Develops and documents standard and emergency operating procedures for receiving, handling, storing, shipping, or salvaging products or materials.
  • Monitors inventory levels of products or materials in warehouses.
  • Reviews invoices, work orders, consumption reports, or demand forecasts to estimate peak delivery periods and to issue work assignments.
  • Tracks and traces goods while they are on route to their destinations, expediting orders when necessary.
  • Develops storage and distribution models that include factors such as warehouse locations, customer locations, or available transportation modes to maximize operational efficiency or sustainability.
  • Participates in setting transportation and service rates.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves use of protective items such as safety shoes, glasses, gloves, hearing protection, a hard hat, or personal flotation devices
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Sound and noise levels are loud and distracting
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Regular working hours and limited travel

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

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  • Shipping Manager --
  • Shipping Supervisor --
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  • Warehouse Manager -- Oversees the efficient receipt, storage and dispatch of a wide range of goods including food, clothing, healthcare products, manufacturing parts and household items.
  • Warehouse Operations Manager -- Receives and stores product by designing and developing product movement and storage systems; works to improve operations; manages staff.
  • Warehouse Supervisor --